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“Taste the Mediterranean without the Plane Fare”
Review of Babaziki Mediterranean Grill - CLOSED

Babaziki Mediterranean Grill
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

Who knew you could find the authentic flavors of Greece, Morocco, France, Lebanon and Tunisia in Greenville? Good, fast and inexpensive, Babaziki rocks for a quick work lunch or Sundays after church. I taste tested the place 3 days in a row, so I can speak freely. The lamb stew (Israeli) is fiery and delightful. Building your own plate or salad is a slam dunk, too. The carrot salad sings with feta and olives, while the fennel/red cabbage slaw is a quiet hero. Top off anything with the authentic flavors represented at the serve-yourself sauce bar, from spicy to creamy. Yum.

3  Thank HelenAIngram
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Reviewed March 18, 2014 via mobile

The food is great. Good quality great flavor.
This issue is the menu is so versatile, that it makes it hard to figure out what to order. If you are no familiar with Mediterranean food, it's hard to put a meal together.
If you have not eaten here, I would recommend it, but would recommend you order a sandwich the first time instead of a plate.

2  Thank Hocysk8er
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Reviewed March 18, 2014

We are big fans of Mediterranean food and were excited to see a new place with a great name. As soon as we entered the restaurant for lunch, we were roundup like cattle to the menu station and felt rushed to "get in line". The menu looked good but confusing when you only have 20 seconds or less to order. So, as we entered the food line (like Moe's Southwest Grill), we realized that the food is not "made to order". We were ready to walk out but we decided to take a chance. Hubby ordered a gyro but lamb was not an option (this is strange for a Mediterranean restaurant), so he ordered the beef. But the beef was like shredded BBQ beef floating in water and as soon it made contact with the pita bread, it was a soggy mess. Next on the pita came the tomato/cuke/feta concoction, a watery mixture just adding to the soggy pita. He got a side of hummus & pita chips but another mistake that was. The hummus was like the consistency of wood putty; it was dry and grainy, plus the chips were overly fried. Although disgusted with the soggy gyro, Hubby tried it and mentioned that the beef had zero flavor. He had 2 bites and it went straight into the trash. I had a salad with greens, feta, tomatoes, tabouli and chicken on it. The chicken was dried out and fatty, so I found myself sorting through my salad looking for good pieces of chicken. The tomatoes were mushy and tasteless. The only redeeming items were (1) the Tadziki dressing and (2) the Tabouli. This was by far the worst lunch we've ever had and a complete waste of money. It cost us $21 lunch and we left hungry, barely touching our food, and no one asked us how our meal was. Very sad!

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Reviewed March 11, 2014

Delicious, fresh food and hormone free! The hummus is the best in town. The customer service is excellent. The fast casual environment is very inviting.

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2  Thank Tina H
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Reviewed March 7, 2014

This restaurant recently opened and we decided to give it a try after seeing a nice article in the newspaper about the concept. We all like good Mediterranean/middle eastern food and anticipated a new "regular" on our local restaurant list. Unfortunately, we were sorely disappointed in the food quality and quantity. The concept is basically a copy of a Moe's or Chipolte Grill only serving different food. The service was very, very slow, and the restaurant was maybe only one-third full, if that .We ordered the Greek, Lebanese, and Gyro plates, with a bowl of lamb stew to share. The portions that were put on the plates were just way too small and not worth what they charge. Almost like an appetizer sampler. The pita bread was undercooked and a raw dough consistency and smell. The "gyro meat" was basically a cheap cut of meat (chuck roast) that supposedly was marinated for a long time? It tasted like pot roast! and tasteless pot roast at that ! Now how do they call that gyro meat? It was disgusting. The lamb soup was cold, and served in a nice large bowl, that they barely filled to half way. It tasted like it came out of a can. If not, the chef has too much corn starch in his recipe. We spend $40 on three entrees, bowl of soup, and one glass of wine, and had to go to another restaurant to eat. That is a sad commentary for a restaurant concept that has real potential. If the food was of any quality, there might be some redeeming value, but not so. I will say the place is immaculate and nicely laid out in a great location. So if they can fix the menu, I am sure it will be successful. We will not return until then.

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1  Thank nonnino
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